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Peter Koehler

What is your MVW?

A lot of people have fitness resolutions for the New Year.

And most people make them WAY too ambitious.

It's really hard to start doing crossfit, or running, or yoga 3X per week, if previously:

  • You rarely or sporadically did that thing.
  • You don't have a specific program to follow.
  • You haven't specifically scheduled it on your calendar . . .

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January 05, 2017

How to Master the Art of the Aggressive Follow Up In Five Simple Steps

My first job out of school was on a political campaign. 

I always recommend campaigns to soon-to-be graduates because you quickly learn a bunch of general skills which are valuable and relevant across sectors. So even if you don't end up in politics, you will acquire skills which you can put to . . .

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December 04, 2016

What Nature Demands

You don't love yourself enough or you'd love your nature too and what it demands of you.

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1

Our nature demands that we get out of bed in the morning.

Our nature demands that we exert our bodies.

Our nature demands that we tackle hard challenges.

Our nature demands that we do our work, and . . .

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October 26, 2016

We Gather Strength as We Go

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Every runner knows the feeling of finding her second wind.

It's a magic sort of strength that allows her to run better, with less effort, than before.

But the second wind doesn't appear of its own accord. The runner must earn it.

For before the runner earns her second wind, every part of her is telling her to . . .

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September 25, 2016

Three Strategies for Better Learning

This is Part 3 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intropart 1, and part 2.


At the end of Part 2: The Final Draft Fallacy, I shared the following formula:

High Impact Learning = Growth Mindset + Strategy + Discipline

Parts 1 and 2 were about the growth mindset part of this equation.

This post is . . .

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August 12, 2016

The Final Draft Fallacy

This is part 2 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intro and part 1

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Photo by Chang W. Lee / New York Times

 We never read the first drafts of books. If we did we would know they're terrible.

We never see the gold medalist when he struggles through his first practice. . . .

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August 10, 2016

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

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Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them? 

"That's the way we do things around here."

"That's the industry standard."

"We can't do it that way."

"That's just the best way to do it."

Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.

The more we hear them, . . .

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August 09, 2016

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